Neighborhood Associations (Luke 10:25-37)

Speaker: Rev. Jon Herr
Date: 7/14/2019
Type: Sunday Sermon
Price: FREE

Communion Meditation:

Who is my neighbor?

As we’ve considered today, this is a question which—at its root—could be rephrased:

Who are my fellow heirs of the kingdom of God? Or even, Who am I to share eternal life with?

Inheriting eternal life is not a personal, individual goal. Eternal life isn’t getting a private cabin by a lake so you can sit in peace and solitude for all eternity! No! Eternal life is shared by the whole entire People of God, in a renewed and perfect city.

Now as I’ve said, just because “neighbor” most fully refers to our relationship with fellow members of the people of God, this does not mean we are not also supposed to love people outside of the people of God. Certainly we are.

But a big part of “loving our neighbor as ourself,” is the process of Christians growing in self-giving unity with one another, as one body. We are together growing up into Christ, being built up in love. Indeed we are being prepared for the loving unity of eternal life!

Who is my neighbor? The Lord’s Table gives us a very tangible answer: it’s those people who break some bread off the same loaf as you. It’s those people who raise a glass with you. It’s a business man. A mother. A teacher. An artist. A medical provider. A student. A builder. A chef.

It’s a young child who has been squirming and has had a difficult time participating in all of the service parts.

This is a small slice of eternal life, and these are just a few of your eternal neighbors. We are to love all people, but our Neighborhood Association is far deeper with those we break bread and drink the cup with. Just as we can’t love our neighbor truly unless we love God first; we can’t hope to love all mankind if we don’t truly love our Christian neighbor-brothers first.

Come and eat of Christ’s body and drink of His blood, for in Him we inherit eternal life.

 

Jon Herr Jon Herr is Pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Chicago (CREC). Previously he served as a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Philadelphia Biblical University, and an MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jackie live in... read more